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Poster: bobcdy Date: Mar 11, 2008 10:23am
Forum: feature_films Subject: copyright

I wondered if the movie 'The Shadow Strikes'(1937) is copyrighted? Also, how do I determine this without asking in the forum each time I'd like to upload a movie? I've looked at the copyright url given on the forums and know that date is very important, but what about the many old movies in the Turner TCM collection (or in other private collections)that are shown on TV but I think are not public domain?

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Poster: jonc Date: Mar 11, 2008 1:01pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: copyright

Regarding your second question, two useful places to check are

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Public_domain_films
http://publicdomainmotionpictures.com/

I don't know if the US Copyright site is much help these days. They only list movies registered after 1978. This would be mainly newer movies and reworks.

Really, there's no better way of finding out than asking here.

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Poster: k-otic Date: Mar 12, 2008 3:29am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: copyright

one more thing you have to think of... if your plan to upload silent movies please check the DVD cover for copright/restoration notices!
most films of the silent era have specialy composed musical scores and those are still under copyright so upload one of those version wouldn´t be a good idea

for example Charlie Chaplin´s The Kid
while the film is in the public domain the original musical score composed by Chaplin is not

another thing are films with watermarks (logos)
some of the public domain distributors and almost all tv stations add watermarks to their movies and they do this for a reason ..
even if the film is in the public domain they can say it´s their version so i suggest that you do not upload material that shows any kind of watermarks on it

This post was modified by k-otic on 2008-03-12 10:29:33

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Poster: k-otic Date: Mar 11, 2008 1:56pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: copyright

i find these sites pretty handy when it comes to check movies

http://www.millcreekent.com
http://buyoutfootage.com/pages/subtops/pd_featurefilms.html
http://filmchest.com/films.php

they only sell public domain stuff

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Poster: drworm01 Date: Mar 12, 2008 1:15am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: copyright

Thanks for these links. They're great. They make searching a lot easier.

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Poster: k-otic Date: Mar 11, 2008 4:33pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: copyright

here´s another nice page to check your movies Denver Public Library online
edit
mmhh direct linking to the list doesn`t seem to work .. silly cokies .. you have to navigate on your own..
just click left on eFlicks and choose Classic Film
if you have a library card there you can even download those movies :)

anyways... if your movie is listed on at least two of those 4 sites you can be sure it´s public domain



This post was modified by k-otic on 2008-03-11 23:33:15

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Poster: bobcdy Date: Mar 11, 2008 5:47pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: copyright

To all these fast responders: thanks greatly for the useful urls! I'll check out the sites and if my movie is PD, then I'll upload it soon.

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Poster: Robin_1990 Date: Mar 11, 2008 2:08pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: copyright

Wikipedia's list of PD films is terrible. They list "Plan 9" as being PD when it isn't, But don't list The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914 film) as being PD when it obviously is.

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Poster: jonc Date: Mar 11, 2008 2:29pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: copyright

It's hard to argue with that. The Wikipedia page hasn't been updated in a long time. Several movies are mentioned in the discussion, and I made a comment a while back on Woods' movies, but don't see it there now.